Sheeran Drops 2 Singles

2017-01-06 by SowingSeason STAFF | 30 Comments
Taking a year off following the huge success of x, pop singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has returned from "traveling the world" to drop two new singles. Bearing little forewarning other than a few cryptic tweets containing new lyrics, the singles come as something of a surprise. It's clear that the tracks are arriving in advance of a new album, expected to be titled ÷ (the art for the singles combine to form a division symbol), which is in keeping with the theme of his first two full lengths + and x.

You can hear both singles below in their entirety. 'Castle on the Hill' is a love-inspired power ballad while 'Shape of You' follows in the vein of more danceable hits such as x's 'Sing.' There is not yet a timetable for the album's release, although there is some speculation that it will be out as early as this week.

Castle on the Hill:


Shape of You:


Tagged: Ed Sheeran

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ILJ
January 6th 2017
6941 Comments


ugh

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 6th 2017
36207 Comments


I really like Castle on the Hill, the other is pretty forgettable.

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Lavair
January 6th 2017
949 Comments


I heard Shape Of You on the radio this morning. I see the appeal, and I don't know what the style of X was, but I didn't like the primary electronic element. I don't know if that was already on X, but I assumed it was like a singer/songwriter acoustic thing.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2017
22187 Comments


RUN!

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rhinocerosmilk
January 6th 2017
133 Comments


So much nostalgia pandering from a guy still in his early 20's..

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 6th 2017
9881 Comments


generic af

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menawati
January 6th 2017
16587 Comments


that guy has the most punchable mug I've ever seen

Shamus248
January 6th 2017
484 Comments


i'm so underwhelmed by these and i'm a huge sheeran fan so its even worse

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 6th 2017
36207 Comments


Castle is good though

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
January 7th 2017
10856 Comments


"I heard Shape Of You on the radio this morning. I see the appeal, and I don't know what the style of X was, but I didn't like the primary electronic element. I don't know if that was already on X, but I assumed it was like a singer/songwriter acoustic thing."

he shifted more towards straightforward pop once he put out his first full length, but there's still an acoustic presence on them

yea castle is super good, shape of you is pretty decent mostly with the chorus and i like the scratchy acoustics for percussion

BenThatsMyJamin
January 7th 2017
3567 Comments


hate this dude, just uses the fact that he's ginger and awkward to make tween girls feel sorry for him n buy his stuff

BenThatsMyJamin
January 7th 2017
3567 Comments


and the fact that the general public have never seen an effects pedal before in their life and thus think he is some kind of wizard

sempiturtle
January 7th 2017
1552 Comments


The pedal thing is so annoying like. Everyone thinks its some amazing revolutionary shit.

Cygnatti
January 7th 2017
33874 Comments


i will judge these...

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DatsNotDaMetulz
January 7th 2017
4021 Comments


Will there be a song about getting stabbed in the face by a princess

becomesmusical
January 7th 2017
87 Comments


Glad to see he's still making a career out of middling singles and forgettable albums.

Sinternet
January 7th 2017
23392 Comments


huh you know i actually don't mind these, they aren't sappy or overdramatic, pretty standard pop but i can kinda dig it

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2017
26122 Comments


Sounding pretty sappy to me :3

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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
January 7th 2017
10856 Comments


By pop or his own standards im not sure i would call it sappy. Castle is pretty effective from a lyrical point imo. Shape of you is just a sex song tho lol

JamesMarlon
January 7th 2017
42 Comments


Have to give it to the guy considering how much the internet shuts down when he release's music. Man has a great voice and there's some definite elton john inspired yelping in the back of Castle likely why he also name dropped Tiny Dancer in the lyrics aswell, but like all his music his voice is the only element to ever standout and even then sometimes that doesn't even make an impression. Shape Of You is sub par even for a club tune, where my bass at.

Lasseg
January 7th 2017
41 Comments


what can i say about these songs?
boring

Krvst
January 7th 2017
479 Comments


Probably blows like everything he has ever done, can't wait to hear these 29297889 times on the radio

Funeralopolis
January 7th 2017
14460 Comments


castle over the hill was okay, shape of you is awful

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JeetJeet
January 9th 2017
8693 Comments


Shape of You is a fuckin BANGER and I didn't realize it til the 4th spin

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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
January 9th 2017
10856 Comments


Same. Castle on the hill just gets better too

Astral Abortis
January 9th 2017
6740 Comments


both are decent pop songs that i know i will be able to tolerate in 6 months when my work radio catches up and i'll be listening to them both 6 times a day

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 9th 2017
36207 Comments


Yeah Castle On The Hill is one of my early pop favorites this year. Really good song. Still couldn't care less about the other one even after several listens.

Cygnatti
January 16th 2017
33874 Comments


castle on the hill sounds like a mediocre imitation of a bland 70s soft rock song. tries to be uplifting but it's ultimately pretty weak. (2/5)

shape of you sounds way better and he fits the song better, but the lyrics are actually really bad lmao. and it gets pretty annoying. also, this one doesn't really seem very marketable, as far as his songs go, but who knows. (2.5/5)

VaxXi
January 16th 2017
4418 Comments


castle on the hill sounds like another awful track in the "childhood nostalgia" trend thats been happening for the past few years.

and i really don't need an opening line that reminds me of 7 Years.

luci
February 1st 2017
12527 Comments


castle on the hill sucks, shape on you is great radio-pop



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